Commemoration of Sister Dorothy Stang at Notre Dame de Namur University and Province Center on February 15

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur was murdered by hired gunmen in Brazil in 2005 while working to help the poor

For Immediate Release (2/2/2018)

Sister Dorothy Stang

Belmont, Calif.—Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Province Center in Belmont will co-host an event to honor the life and work of Sister Dorothy Stang on February 15, 2018, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. This public event will take place at the Sisters of Notre Dame Province Center, 1520 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.

Sister Dorothy Stang, a graduate of NDNU, worked for four decades in Para State in Brazil in the Amazon basin, where she helped provide education, taught sustainable farming, and defended land rights of the poor. Ranchers and cattlemen hired gunmen to kill her, and when the assailants showed their intent to attack her, Sister Dorothy began reading the Beatitudes from the Bible to them as she was shot.

“This is a crucial time to remember the life and example of Sister Dorothy,” said Diana Enriquez-Field, director of the Sister Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement and the NDNU Office of Spirituality. “The goals she worked toward and gave her life for are, if anything, more crucial in the current political and environmental situation.”


Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 1,600 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers more than 30 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit


Diana Enriquez-Field
(650) 508-3761



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